The end of the meeting is important, it often includes information about how the relationship will continue and what the next steps are. In Open Dialogue approach psychological continuity is one important factor in creating trust and safety between the participants. This sense of continuity should be supported by information who and where the family can contact in acute situations, when the next meeting will take place and who will be working with the family.

Now look at animation about Ending the first meeting

  • After watching the animation, reflect on the ways the practitioner ended this meeting. What did she do?
  • Was there anything that you would have done differently ? If so, what and why?
  • Take the position of each family member in the animation. How do you think you would feel if you were the mother, the small boy, the teenager, the father?
  • Are there factors in your culture which affect the ways you conclude and say goodbye in professional contexts?

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